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New on TV today: Sunday 26 July

Written by Shows Editor from the blog New Shows and Seasons on 26 Jul 2020
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Celebrity Game Face

Channel: E! (DStv 124)
TX Time: 20h00
Genre: Game Show, Special

Celebrity Game Face

Executive produced and hosted by Kevin Hart, this special features Hart and his wife Eniko along with couples Terry and Rebecca King Crews, Sarah Hyland and her fiancé Wells Adams, and Joel and Sarah McHale, marking Joel's first appearance back on the network since he hosted The Soup.

The Harts lead the teams through a game night full of fun, fresh and wildly unexpected moments, as the celebrities engage in a range of ridiculous physical challenges that viewers can play along at home.

The pairs will show off their teenage dance moves in a tik "talk" challenge, feed each other a messy meal with a twist, attempt to interpret what their partners are saying while their mouths are full and race through their homes to find unexpected items to solve riddles.

At the end of the night, the couples are awarded money for their charity of choice, but only one team will win the coveted "Hart of a Champion" trophy, which is a gold statue of baby Kevin Hart.
 

Tsunamis: Facing a Global Threat

Channel: CuriosityStream (DStv 185)
TX Time: 20h00
Genre: Documentary, Nature

Tsunamis: Facing a Global Threat

It's one of the deadliest natural phenomena on the planet. Tsunamis are so sudden and powerful that in a matter of a few hours they can destroy everything and disappear.

What can we do to ready ourselves against that natural disaster? How can we deal with it and protect ourselves better?

Nowadays, scientists understand better the phenomenon and develop models of tsunami's dynamics.

Where a tsunami has struck once, another one will strike again. It's a matter of time.

The production had exclusive rights to access Palu, in Indonesia, where a violent tsunami stormed the region in 2018. The show was able to conduct field surveys with leading international experts.
 

Mental Samurai

Channel: M-Net (DStv 101)
TX Time: 17h00
Genre: Game Show

Mental Samurai

Competition series that pushes every aspect of human intelligence and mental agility.

Hosted and produced by Rob Lowe, the show is the first-ever obstacle course... for the mind.

Each episode of Mental Samurai is an epic television event, as contestants battle the boundaries of their minds to answer questions accurately with speed and precision.

Not only does the course test their acumen in categories of knowledge, memory, puzzles and sequencing, but players will also have to contend with being physically transported around the set at high speeds in a specially designed capsule capable of rotating 360 degrees.

People from all walks of life will compete, and underdogs will triumph, in the game that anyone can play, and almost no one can win.
 

Boteti - The Returning River

Channel: SABC3
TX Time: 18h30
Genre: Wildlife, Nature, Documentary

Boteti - The Returning River

For 20 years the Boteti River in northern Botswana has not flowed.

What was once an expansive and prolific body of water gradually dried up, leaving zebras, hippos, elephants and crocodiles dependant on the few pools formed from the occasional rains.

But now, for the first time in 30 years, rain has fallen in sufficient quantities hundreds of miles to the north in the Angolan highlands, sending a stream of water through the river bed.

After years of extreme drought, the river has finally returned in all its glory, transforming the landscape.

Filmed in stunning HD, Boteti – The Returning River documents this extraordinary transformation and the dramatic changes it brings to the resident animals.

During the years of drought, we see how desperate battles for survival play out along the dormant river, watched over by the elephants of the area.

One of the few species that adapts well to the situation by carefully conserving what little water is available, the elephant is an expert at digging channels in the mud so water collects in sufficient quantities to drink.

Vultures lurk ominously on the dusty banks adjacent to the pools, waiting patiently for dehydration to claim another victim.

Crocodiles use caves to escape the heat of the sun and only emerge reluctantly to hunt when huge flocks of quelea birds arrive at the water.

The crocs, along with numerous other species, are bound to this area because there is simply nowhere else to go.

Beyond the dry river bed, semi-desert extends for hundreds of miles in all directions.

With the arrival of the life-giving waters, there is a burst of activity.

Fish and dragonflies soon emerge with their attendant predators and frogs appear in their thousands, attracting huge numbers of birds.

The deluge also brings instant relief to the hippos by flushing out their fetid pools, while elephants celebrate by swimming and hosing each other down.

Jackals and packs of wild dogs appear from nowhere to harass the drinking herds.

But the most significant change occurs when the water reaches the parched wasteland of the Makgadigadi Salt Pans.

Here, the coming of the flood sees flocks of pelican, flamingo and red-billed teal arrive to set up new breeding colonies.

Filmed over a period of two years, this film provides a lasting and unique record of the transformation of an entire environment and contains many examples of previously unrecorded behaviour.
 

Good Girls 3

Channel: Netflix South Africa
TX Time: 10h00 (all episodes)
Genre: Comedy-Drama

Good Girls 3

Three suburban moms orchestrate a local grocery store heist to escape financial ruin and establish independence - together.

In the Season 3 premiere, "Find Your Beach": Beth makes a new friend while struggling to process her guilt over Rio's death.

Meanwhile, the women perfect their latest business venture just as Agent Turner and his surprising informant complicate their plans to launch.
 

Voetspore 10: Indië

Channel: kykNET (DStv 144)
TX Time: 20h00
Genre: Travel, Afrikaans

Voetspore 10: Indiƫ

Hot on the heels of the adventure that was Voetspore: Madagaskar, this season follows a new dose of travel adrenaline.

After roughing it in 11 journeys on the African continent, the Voetspore team decided to leave the continent behind to explore the BRICS countries.

First up is a trip to India, but this time the mode of transport changes.

Johan Badenhorst and his son Streicher will be on two Royal Enfield motorcycles, accompanied by their support team in two Land Cruisers.

This epic journey of more than 12,000km kicks off in Mumbai.
 

Wild Tokyo

Channel: BBC Earth (DStv 184)
TX Time: 17h00
Genre: Nature, Wildlife, Documentary

Wild Tokyo

Situated on Japan's largest island, Honshu, Tokyo is the largest and busiest metropolitan area in the world.

But behind Tokyo's concrete curtain are natural refuges where wildlife has adapted and learnt to co-habit in Earth's most human-dense territory.

Home to 38-million people, a quarter of Japan's population, this is a land where Earth's tallest towers and busiest streets accommodate some of the rarest animals in the world.

Scientists are pouring more time, energy and money than ever before into studying these human-animal cohabitations.

From the mountainous forests of Tokyo's Okutama region, along the Tama River, through the wild sanctuaries of Tokyo's city centre and out to its network of volcanic islands - Wild Tokyo features stunning 4K photography.

This film will reveal an unseen side of Japan's capital city.

 



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